Agodi Gardens is situated in Ibadan, Oyo Province in Nigeria. Ibadan is the third largest city by population in Nigeria and also the third largest city geographically in Africa. Ibadan literary means between the savannah and the forest and it is on this interesting cusp between the biomes that the park is located. Agodi Gardens contains an indigenous forest, zoo, a lake and tree plantations.
Earthworks Landscape Architects is the lead consultant on the project with Engineers and Architects from Nigeria and South Africa on the team.The garden is situated near the center of the sprawling Ibadan metropolis, near Oyo State Secretariat Complex. The park is surrounded by the bustling and sprawling metropolitan area, it stands out as a green lung in the surrounding urban landscape with great recreational potential.It was the place to be in Ibadan in the 70s and 80s to catch your fun and enjoy a family outing.
Second only to the popular University of Ibadan Zoological Garden, Agodi Gardens, Ibadan is a city recreational centre that any family or fun-seeking tourist would want to patronise.Tucked in the heart of the Oyo State capital, the garden is located at the foot of Mokola Hill, backing the State government secretariat, Agodi and the western part of the expansive Agodi Government Reserved Area (GRA) which houses both the seat of the state government, Governor’s Lodge and a prestigious housing estate.
While all these border Agodi Gardens on the eastern part, the recreational centre borders a lake, hilltop Premier Hotel and Cultural Centre on the west. The first teaching hospital in Nigeria, the University College Hospital (UCH) borders the centre on the southern part to give it an elitist and sophisticated environment.
Sprawling on a 35-hectre landed facility, the garden which was established as a biological and relaxation centre to provide recreational as well as educational services for inhabitants and visitors in 1967, lost its glory as a foremost tourist centre, particularly following its destruction by the infamous 1980 flood disaster dubbed Omiyale by locals, that swept through the ancient city.
As the flagship of the ministry’s projects, Agodi Gardens is expected to pull most of the tourists and fun seekers in the city and also provide easy access to other such centres in the Oyo state capital. From its central location, the garden is about four kilometres to the historic Captain Bower’s Tower, three kilometers to the University of Ibadan, and two kilometers to the current centre of trading buzz, Heritage/Cocoa Mall.
It is also only about one and a half kilometers to the proposed Olubadan palace.When inaugurated, Agodi Gardens, as a modern resort, will add more glamour and value to the city with its surging population.